Fire restrictions start Aug. 1 in South and Central Idaho

July 29, 2013 

The Lodgepole Fire near Challis has grown to almost 10,000 acres.


— You knew it was coming, and now here it is: Fires will be mostly limited to campgrounds starting Thursday, Aug. 1.

With the hot, dry conditions and very high fire danger throughout Southwest and Central Idaho, local wildland fire protection agencies will implement Stage 1 Fire Restrictions until further notice. Areas include private and agency lands protected by the Boise, Payette, and Sawtooth National Forests; Idaho Department of Lands Forest Protection Districts, Southern Idaho Timber Protection Association, and Bureau of Land Management land within the areas listed below:

• All private, State, and BLM protected lands outside incorporated city limits within Ada, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Payette, Washington counties, and portions of Idaho, Adams, Valley, Custer, Elmore, Camas and Blaine counties;

• All Boise National Forest lands within Boise, Elmore, Gem and Ada counties, and a portion of Valley County;

• All Payette National Forest lands (excluding the Frank Church Wilderness) within Adams, Washington and portions of Idaho and Valley Counties;

• All Sawtooth National Forest lands within Elmore and Camas counties, and portions of Blaine and Custer counties.

Under State 1 Fire Restrictions, these things are prohibited on state and federally managed lands, roads and trails:

• Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, stove fire except within an agency designated recreation site, such as campgrounds, and only within an agency provided structure, or on a private citizen’s own land and only within an owner-provided permanent structure.

• Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle, building or designated recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

For a detailed map and details go HERE.

Exemptions to the Stage 1 Fire Restrictions include:

• People with a written permit that specifically authorizes the otherwise prohibited act.

• Persons using fire solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels. Such devices, including propane campfires, may be used in an area cleared of flammable material.

• Persons conducting activities in those designated areas where the activity is specifically authorized by written posted notice.

• Any federal, state or local officer or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force in the performance of an official duty.

• All land within a city boundary.

• Persons using metal fire pans within ¼ mile of the south side Main Salmon River west of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to the confluence of the Little Salmon River.

• Other exemptions unique to each agency.

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